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What we’re watching Friday

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Stories we’re keeping an eye on today:

New environmental rules for coal-fired plants are due to come out today from the EPA, creating stringent new limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants.

More gun violence in Chicago leaves 13 wounded after at least two gunmen opened fire at a basketball court. A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head. The boy’s uncle was shot and killed earlier this month in a separate gun violence incident.

At least 40 government troops were killed by suspected al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen in the country’s latest spate of violence.

The death toll from Hurricane Manuel nears 100 as Mexican authorities are overwhelmed with rescue attempts and residents flee their homes. Recently downgraded to a slower-moving tropical storm, nearly 70 are still missing and a rescue helicopter disappeared with three crew on board as Manuel continues north.

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani took yet another sharp turn away from the vitriol of his predecessor and toward international engagement by calling for “constructive interaction with the world”.

  • He also made clear he remains committed to Iran’s right to have a peaceful nuclear energy program.

  • However, senior Israeli ministers have said Iran is to have a nuclear bomb within six months and that there is “no more time” for negotiations.

  • In an interview with NBC, Rouhani insisted Iran has no intention of developing nuclear weapon.

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